W. A. Mozart began composing symphonies as a boy. Although simple and immature, these early works already show an understanding and talent for form, structure, texture, emotion and expression. He continued to write symphonies throughout his life, honing and polishing his craft, culminating in the three masterpieces composed in the summer of 1788 at the age of 32, just 3 years before he died - the Symphonies Nos. 39, 40 and 41, "Jupiter." A study of his symphonies illustrates the development of Mozart, the man and the musician, but also reflects the social, political and cultural changes that were sweeping Europe during the second half of the 18th century.
About the Instructor:
Rick Phillips was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto in a career that spanned production to management to on-air. For 14 years, he was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. As well as broadcasting and webcasting, Rick is a busy freelance writer and reviewer, speaker, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, and concert host. He's often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of "The Essential Classical Recordings--101 CDs," published by McClelland & Stewart. Rick delivers music history and appreciation courses at a range of institutions and organizations across the city. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and an M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.